I have made this cake many times over the years. This is one of my son's favourite cake. In fact, this was a special request from him, he requested me to bake this cake, asking why didn't I bake this cake in such a long time! Well son, in case you do not know, I have tons of cookbooks that I constantly used, so much so, that sometimes, favourites recipes like this are put aside for new ones! Am feeling sheepish!! Anyway, he requested for this cake a few weeks ago and insisted that I made a blog post about it!
A story about my son and his cake: I cannot exactly remember when was the first time my son has eaten this cake, maybe 4 or 5 years old, but when he was around 6 years old (he is 11 now), he requested me to bake this cake again, and he does not know the name of the cake, he told me there's some "yellow balls" on the cake! Yellow ball???? What yellow ball??? I have no idea which cake he was talking about, as I have baked a lot of cakes! He was all smiles and confidently told me that the picture of the cake is right at the back page of the recipe book! Huh? Really?? Which book?? When my kids are very young, I used to show them the pictures and the book that I am baking from, just for fun! I've never expected my son to remember the pictures and books after a couple of years! And after a few dozens cakes and many more books!
So the two of us began to check the back page of my baking cookbooks one by one, until he found it, and was all smiles and very excited. There! Right at the back of this book "I Love Butter Cake" by Kevin Chai, is a picture of that very cake! The yellow balls are actually the rounded halves of canned peaches! A 6-year old with the happiest grin on his face! And mommy laughing too, could not believe that he remembered the picture from the back page of a book! Imagine if he remembered the picture being inside the pages of the book, then I've got to flick thru all the pages from so many books just to find it! Hahaha! Ever since then, each time when I baked this cake, it would always bring a smile to me!
A simple buttery cake baked in a pie/tart pan, with canned peach halves arranged over the top before baking. I have baked this cake a number of times since then, the last time was perhaps almost two years ago, and now my son has requested for it again.
Now that this book has reappeared again, there are a few old favourites that I've made before. Perhaps I'll bake them again and rediscover how good some of them are.
The batter is made up of ground almonds and all-purpose flour, butter, sugar, eggs and lemon juice. There's no raising agent required, but I have added about 1/4 tsp baking powder. There are times when I followed the original recipe and baked without the baking powder, and they came out fine too, only slightly lower than if baking powder is added. Right after baking, I brushed the top with some warm apricot glaze so that it looks nice and shiny.
Slice it in such a way that each portion has a peach half on it.
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A no-fuss plain butter cake, with soft buttery texture. With the addition of the peach halves, makes the plain cake extra special and so good to eat!
If you are looking for a simple, fuss-free, buttery cake, give this a try! With the added fruits over the top, this could be one of your family's favourite cake too!
I'm sharing this at Food on Friday : Cakes hosted by Carole's Chatter
Peach Butter Cake
(adapted from "I Love Butter Cakes" by Kevin Chai)
160gm caster sugar (I use 120gm)
1 tbsp lemon juice
160gm plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder (my addition, optional)
60gm ground almond
1 can peach halves (drained)
- Grease a 23cm (9-in) round pie pan. Preheat oven to 190C.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
- Stir in lemon juice, fold in sifted flour and ground almond. Mix until well blended. Spread into prepared pan.
- Arrange peach halves on top of batter. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
kitchen flavour's notes :
For a shiny glossy look, brush the top of cake immediately after baking with some warm apricot glaze.